Tami-720x720I attended the sesquicentennial (150th) homecoming celebration of my college alma mater in Washington, D.C., at the prestigious Howard University. Washington, D.C., has been a constant destination for me as long as I am able to remember and, in many respects, a second home to me. The city's architecture has always mesmerized me. I have spent hours gazing the maps of Pierre Charles L'Enfant's street layout designs and remain curiously perplexed by the Masonic symbolism seemingly ingrained into every building, both historical and modern. Each time I fly into the city a rush of adrenaline pulsates through my body and my eyes fixate on the city below. I have always relished the eager anticipation of each visit. While on the ground, I often stop and stare at buildings with no concept of elapsing time. Therefore, my natural expectation was that I marvel in a similar experience this time. However, to my immense surprise, I stumbled on to something that I least expected! People? Yes, people! Construction Career People! In the midst of casual conversations with alumni, relatives, friends and complete strangers, the current of construction-based careers flowed into so many conversations. Their construction career titles included Project Manager, Mixed-use Property Developer, Cemetery Architect, Project Manager for university system building projects, Project Consultant for a major hotel chain, Excavation and Demolition Remediation Owner, and HVAC Estimator. I couldn't believe it! I was completely caught off guard. This was truly what I least expected. I met so many people who work in various areas of the construction career pipeline. How befitting to hear the stories of how they were guided into the careers in construction in the midst of Construction Career Education Month. I realized that I had in a sense been "nose blind," like the people in the popular room deodorizer commercials, to the variety of construction-based occupations that surrounds us every day. I also suspected that my students were not even aware of these careers because they simply don't know anyone in these aspects of the construction industry. So, let's do a little something least expected. Post your construction career title in the comments below and ask a friend to do the same. Let's fill the board with construction career possibilities for the next generation to see. They may be inspired WHEN THEY LEAST EXPECTED IT!


Leave a comment
  1. Dana Taylor | May 08, 2018

    Human Resources Generalist

    Tetra Tech Utility Construction, Inc.

    Phoenix, Arizona

  2. Harrison Mathews | Jan 20, 2018

    Harrison Mathews

    Master Electrician

    Adjunct Instructor


  3. Daniel Johnson | Jan 17, 2018

    Dan Johnson

    Vocational Construction Tech Instructor at Folsom State Prison,

    General Partner, Building contractor - Calaveras and Alpine Counties California.

  4. Dominica Garza | Jan 16, 2018
    Marketing & Communications Manager
  5. David Zirkle | Jan 16, 2018

    Construction Technology Program Manager

    NCCER Master Trainer

    Arkansas Licensed Home Remodeler.

  6. Ralph Herge | Jan 16, 2018

    Facility Maintenance Manager PA Department of Corrections

    Owner Creative Accessible Designs LLC.

    Building Trades Instructor PA Department of Corrections

  7. Buck Coatney | Jan 15, 2018

    Buck Coatney 

    Knox County Schools Construction Faciltator /Master Trainer

  8. Melinda Ricketts | Jan 15, 2018

    Melinda Ricketts Co-Founder and COO of

    A Cut Above the Rest Training Facility, Montgomery, AL

  9. Sergio Cortez | Jan 15, 2018
    Workforce Development Manager, ABC NorCal
  10. Mark Drury | Jan 15, 2018
    Vice President of Business Development
  11. Chris Newton Cajun Industries, LLC | Jan 15, 2018
    Workforce Development Manager
  12. Paul Sullivan | Jan 15, 2018


    Project Superintendent for a major Instrumentation and Electrical Contractor in the Marine and Industrial Plant


  13. sammie binder | Jan 15, 2018
    job's all  way's open in construction company look  for best in the industry 
  14. Sammie Binder | Jan 15, 2018
    Safety Specialist Region manager 

    Leave a comment

    About NCCER

    NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s National Registry which allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. The National Registry also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.